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Family Friendly: Celebrate Oktoberfest in Long Grove

Long Grove will be celebrating Oktoberfest Oct. 13-14.

Long Grove will be celebrating Oktoberfest Oct. 13-14.

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An old fashioned parade will kick off Long Grove’s Oktoberfest.

The festival will take place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads. People from the community and high school bands will march in the parade, said Peg Ball, vice president of the Board of the Long Grove Business and Community Partners.

There will be a variety of free activities for kids, although there might be a slight charge for decorating a pumpkin to take home. There will also be free hayrides for families.

Entertainment will include a German brass band on Saturday afternoon, a full German band that evening and a polka band on Sunday afternoon. Traditional German foods will be sold.

“It’s family and resident-oriented,” Ball said. “We’re trying to get groups to come and have picnics, enjoy the bands and food and have a fun time in town.”

For details, call (847) 634-0888 or visit

Colorful cat

Kids will learn how to name colors in Mandarin Chinese, with the help of Pete the Cat, during a special Language Stars storytime, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. They will also sing and take home a coloring sheet.

For details, call (847) 634-3650 or visit

Expect the unexpected

Students from the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts will demonstrate their quick wits during An Improvised Afternoon, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Sketches will be performed by both adult and young students and are appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $7, $5 for ages 12 and younger.

For details, call (847) 577-2121 or visit

Truck stops

Costumed kids can trick or treat at vehicles parked in the Sullivan Center parking lot, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills during Trucks, Trunks and Treats, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Fee is $1 per child. You can pick up tickets in advance at the Sullivan Community Center. Food will be sold.

For details, call (847) 996-6800 or visit

Get that good feeling

... with the Wandering Endorphin. That’s the performing name of singer/songwriter Jim Green, who will perform songs off his album “Boxcar Man,” 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Before or after the concert of train-themed songs, see the North Central O Gaugers’ Spooky Train Ride Halloween display.

For details, call (847) 566-8702 or visit

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